Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Announcing Boxing Week Sales - December 26 - 31

End 2018 with a bang through the Close To My Heart Boxing Week Sale! As with previous Boxing Week sales, this sale will feature discounted pricing on a different set of items each day from December 26 through December 31! Each day’s sale will feature a variety of items, with discounts up to 50% off! Make sure you shop each day to take advantages of a 6 full days of sensational savings!

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Friday, December 21, 2018

New for 2019: Monthly Day Crop!

I'm very excited to announce that in 2019, I'll be partnering with First Baptist Church in Arnold for their monthly Day Crops and I hope you'll join me there!

The crops run from 9 am – 5 pm and include a  delicious catered breakfast and lunch. The cropping area is spacious, and you’ll get your own 8-foot table! If you need a break during the day, you can take advantage of the church's no membership needed gym and walk the indoor track.

Each month, I plan to share a little extra Close To My Heart goodies with attendees. In January, registration includes the cute Ice Cream card and Dinosaur page above! Don't need a dino page? No problem, I can show you ways to modify it to fit other occasions. (Of course everyone can use an ice cream card -- right?)

Registration for the event is through the church and the first date is January 12.
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See full 2019 schedule>>

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Tis the Season Double Quad Fold Album Directions

At my Idea Book launch in September, we created a Tis The Season Double Quad Fold Album. I posted a picture and have had several requests for directions. Here's a video showing how it all comes together.

Design Space 

The greenery, bows and poinsettia (on belly band) were cut on my Cricut using images from the Seasons of Joy Collection. Click here to open the file in Design Space.


Here are the measurements to create the album just in case you missed them in the video. The base of the album is made with 6 pieces of cardstock (I used black).
- 12" x 6" (2)
- 6" x 6" (2)
- 4" x 6" (1)

Score both 6" x 12" pieces at 2", 4" 8" and 10".

Then cut 1.5" from each of the long sides starting at the 2" score mark and ending at 10".

The top and bottom 1.5" sections are folded at all four of the score marks alternating "mountain" and "valley" folds.  These two sections are folded the same. The center section is only folded at 4" and 8" and these will be the opposite direction as the outer pieces.

Turn one of these pieces 180 degrees and lay them end to end -- touching but not overlapping. Here's a sample made with White Cardstock so it is easier to see.

Cover the center section with the 4" x 6" piece of cardstock. 

Score and fold both of the 6" x 6" pieces of cardstock 2" from one edge. Attach one of these to each end of the album, overlapping the 2" sections.

This completes the whole album base. 

Decorate with pieces of coordinating paper and photos. Cut rectangles 1/4" smaller than each of the sections, so that base album creates a 1/8" mat.

Order before 12/31!

Note that the Tis the Season papers and the Seasons of Joy Cricut collection both retire on December 31. In fact almost everything in our current Holiday Expressions Idea Book will not be available starting January 1. Be sure to get your order in now if you have missed any of these favorites! Shop now>>

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial. Please let me know if you have any questions. If you make a Double Quad Display Album, snap a picture and share a link in the comments below.

Happy Creating,

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

You're invited to a Crafty Girls Night Out: BUNCO!

You're invited to a special crafty girl's night out! The New Product Bunco party on January 10 will include games, projects, snacks and a whole lot of fun! All of the activities will feature new products in the Close To My Heart 2019 Seasonal Expressions Idea Book that goes live in January!

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This new catalog is a celebration of Close To My Heart founder, Jeanette Lynton as she celebrates her 35th anniversary in the scrapbooking business. It includes four brand new paper collections, tons of beautiful stamp sets and much, much more. I can't wait to share it with you!

At this party, you will not only get to see the new stuff, but you'll get to create with it and take what you make home!

I can't show you the new projects yet, but I promise they will be as fabulous as the ones we made in September at the Holiday Expressions reveal party:

Date: Thursday, January 10
Time: 6:30 - 9 pm
Place: My house in Arnold MO

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Registration includes:
  • A copy of the new Seasonal Expressions Idea Book
  • Goody bag with new product samples
  • Yummy snacks
  • Bunco fun, with a few fun twists
  • Chance to win new product on each round
  • Three projects to make and take home!
This is a HANDS ON event! Through out the evening, you will be creating three great projects: a card, layout and a surprise! Think of this as a workshop with a few games thrown in for fun.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Connect with me on Facebook

Would you like to be part of an exclusive group of crafty people who love Close To My Heart products? Being in the "Rebecca's Creative Friends" Facebook group is like having a VIP pass to product information, project ideas, exclusive specials and more.

If you like to get creative --- whether you love to scrapbook, make cards or dream of Pinterest successes --- this group is for you. I love hanging out with this group of friends! To join this creative circle, click on the link below.

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Monday, December 17, 2018

Schools out for me --- time for some Year-End Scrapbooking!

Happy Holidays! I just finished grading my last final and reporting the semester grades. So the Christmas Break is here for me! I'm excited to have a couple weeks to enjoy time with family, friends and my scrapbooking supplies ;)

What kinds of things do you think of scrapbooking around this time? I think of special Christmas cards, photos of my family opening gifts, the Christmas tree, family gatherings, and the kids playing in the snow.

The month of the December also has me thinking of all kinds of keepsake cards and gifts I can make for my family and friends. I love both making and receiving home-made gift. What is so great about December’s Stamp of the Month collection is it can be used to make customized scrapbook pages or Christmas cards. The festive letters are fun to spell out names, phrases, and lot’s of Happy Holiday wishes.

Don't you love how professional and amazing these projects are? These were created by the artists at Close To My Heart, but I can help you "scraplift" them using this month's Stamp of the Month! Or you could easily modify them to fit your needs. 

If you’re wondering if you can squeeze another purchase into your holiday budget, you definitely can with the special deal we’re offering on this stamp set. You can get the full December Stamp of the Month, Candy Cane Alphabet,  or either the regular price of $18.95 OR you can get it for just $5 with any $50 purchase!

I’m sure you will have so many photos by the end of this month. Scrapbooking is the ultimate way to preserve these precious moments so that you can look back on them as the years go by. 2018 is coming to an end, so get those memories safely kept before the start of the new year! 

Happy Holidays to you all!